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The first hospital-based child protection unit in Greece

On the initiative of ELIZA, the Child Safety Care Unit ‘Sofia Varvitsiotis’ of the 2nd Department of Paediatrics of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (N.K.U.A.) was founded at the “P. & A. Kyriakou”  Children’s Hospital in Athens, and inaugurated by the President of the Hellenic Republic, on 5th June 2018.

It constitutes the first hospital-based child protection unit in Greece.
The needs of children at risk of abuse and/or neglect are best addressed by hospital-based protection teams.

Thus, the Child Safety Care Unit’s ultimate goal is to identify infants and children at risk of abuse and neglect, at the youngest possible age, and to safeguard vulnerable families.

The activities of the Unit involve:

Safe Touches

 “Safe Touches” is an innovative program with a nationwide impact for the prevention of sexual abuse of children between the ages of 5-9. On the initiative of ELIZA, the program operates with the scientific collaboration of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the very first child protection organisation in the world. Graduate students of the American College of Greece (ACG), under the supervision of experienced faculty clinicians, are also part of the program’s implementation.

The main goal of this program is to help young children distinguish between ‘safe’ and ‘not safe’ touches, and to learn to say NO, in order to protect themselves from sexual abuse. Puppets have a leading role in the training of children as they teach them how to protect themselves. At the end of the program, the children along with their teacher or their parent, can process what they have learnt with the activity book they are given.

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Training for Professionals

Very often the safety and life of children in danger depends on the professionals and scientists who are constantly at the forefront of their protection. Since 2016, ELIZA has been trying to create a protection circle for all vulnerable children, through educational workshops for the recognition and proper management of cases of suspected child abuse.

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Step Program

The non-governmental organization ’One Child, One World’ and the ELIZA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children have developed together the program VIMA / STEP, a multi-level intervention addressed to families that need support in the handling of common problems of pre-school age children, like setting limits, sleeping and eating, as well as to new families, who are experiencing complex issues that might involve dangers to children.

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